The unrestrained joy of a championship celebration. The heartbreak of a mother leaving her child to go to war. A dancer's inspiring return from injury to the stage.

These and the other images presented here -- some previously published, some not -- were all moments captured by The Sun's photography staff during 2004. They are mere glimpses of a year in which so much occurred. But among the thousands of frames each photographer shot this year, these are the images that stayed with them.

Most, it seems were chosen because they exemplify something larger: the cost of war, the depth of human compassion, the glory of nature, the resilience of the downtrodden. And together, they offer a unique perspective on 2004.

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